THE compliments of the season to all our readers! Christmas is almost upon us and a new year just around the corner. This is the last issue of The Mirror before Christmas and the second last Mirror of the year. It’s time to reflect upon the year that’s been and look forward to the year to come.
‘Reflecting upon local news in South Gippsland’ is the Mirror’s tagline, and we have tried to do just that all year, reporting on events that affect the communities of this district.
As we look to the future, we are only too aware what changing times these are for the media. Rural and regional newspapers have hitherto been affected to a lesser degree than most, but it would seem that as regional media – electronic at least – faces centralisation in the face of swingeing budget cuts, a local paper dealing with local issues is more important than ever.
We’re a small team here at The Mirror, and we are the first to admit that we couldn’t do what we do without the help of many others, particularly the members of the various ‘Prom Country’ communities. We thank all those who have provided photographs and stories, comments and letters, news tips and, of course, advertisements, to make The Mirror the community newspaper it is. And we thank you, dear reader, for reading our paper.
For some this year will have brought triumphs, for others losses. On the eve of Christmas, as you prepare to celebrate with your loved ones, at church or at home, spare a thought for those in our community for whom this year has brought more sorrow than joy. May they find a measure of comfort from the embrace of their community.
The Mirror office will close for Christmas on December 24 and will not re-open until January 9. There will be one final holiday edition of The Mirror for the year available for purchase on December 31. There will be no Mirror on Wednesday January 7. The first Mirror of 2015 will be published on January 14.
Best wishes to all for a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, from the Mirror team – journalists Wendy Williamson and Anne Pinkstone, printer and compositor Wayne ‘Kapil’ Angwin, typesetter Gavin Westaway, office manager Carol Stewart and proprietors Rob and Jenny Best.